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  • Equine horse disposal
  • Equine euthanasia disposal services

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    07-16-2009, 08:18 PM
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I just thought I would cross post this from FHOTD for anyone who isn't a reader.
It lists by state options for legal equine disposal including Euthanasia, burial, and rendering.

Humane Horse Disposal Options | The Humane Society of the United States
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    07-16-2009, 08:26 PM
Here's hoping nobody needs this anytime soon!!

Thanks for the link, it's definitely valuable information.
    07-16-2009, 08:48 PM

I needed this information today for a blog post. Just like planning for human death, people should know what options they have before they need them. When a colic requires an emergency euthanasia, you don't want to wait four days for the rendering truck to pick up your pet from beside the driveway.
    07-16-2009, 08:53 PM
I agree. I have a folder with my horses information and intend of making a copy of this to put in with it. Hopefully I will never need to use it, but it's so important to have.
    07-16-2009, 10:21 PM
I've had five horse put down on our property. We have pretty much always orchestrated it between the vet and the guy with the backhoe. They are all buried on my property. I can't imagine them being hauled off somewhere. But I guess if you don't own property, what would you do. Good information to think about.

Just want to edit to add... I will have absolutely nothing to do with the HSUS. (see that they are the ones in the article posted above.) If it were left up to them, none of us would own pets. They do NOT work on behalf of the animals like they say they do. Educate yourself about them.

If you have questions about how to dispose of your horses body, contact your vet or your local authorities.
    07-16-2009, 11:32 PM
HSUS definitely has their issues, but regardless I think the links provided are accurate and good information to have regardless of HSUS's own motives. I think if you take from this list or make your own, it is important to have a vague plan of what you would do in such a situation.
    07-17-2009, 08:37 AM
I can't imagine them being hauled off somewhere. But I guess if you don't own property, what would you do.
Not every property has adequate soil cover to effectively bury a horse, and in some locations it is illegal. We also have a small stream running through the property. Animals should not be buried where the decomposing drugs used to euthanize will enter the surface water. I will try to locate the source of information about composting horses.

There is also a debate about the methods used to euthanize. Barbituates are more aethetically pleasing for the owner, but place alot of chemical compounds in the ground. The Europeans typically use gunshot or captive bolt to euthanize. It is just as quick as barbituates, but doesn't pollute when the animal is buried.

Just a note about the HSUS list. It is already out of date for my area. Horse owners should make a phone call to their county extension, and then to the supplier of services. Know your options, and the cost.

    07-23-2009, 12:13 AM
Whats hsus?
    07-23-2009, 12:24 AM
Humane society of the United States

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